Hurricane season begins on June 1 and extends until November 1. Being ready has different meanings depending on whether you stay or leave your home. Having been through 2 major hurricanes in 3 years, Houstonians want to be prepared. September is National Preparedness Month too!
In a small portable safe, organize these documents: copy of passport, copy of drivers’ license, mortgage info, credit card info, banking, social security cards, will, birth certificate, marriage certificate, military records, 2 previous year’s tax returns, insurance info and divorce documents.
Many different websites recommend what to have on hand for remaining in your home.
Non-perishable foods (soups, canned food and vegetables, breads and crackers, snacks)
Juice boxes and bottled water
Ice chests, water, water jugs
Camping stove; propane; charcoal
Disposable plates, utensils, napkins
Toilet paper, paper towels
Diapers, wipes, formula, bottles, ointments
Prescriptions, copies of prescriptions and over the counter meds
Toothpaste, toothbrush, soap, shampoo, deodorant
Clothing, blankets, pillows, sleeping bags
First aid kit
Eyeglasses, contact, hearing aids and batteries
Pet supplies, food, litter, pet carrier, medications
Cash, credit cards
List of phone number of family and friends
Important Documents, insurance policies
Photos, videos, cameras, film, memory cards, batteries
Battery powered radio
Pliers, wrenches, screwdrivers
Other sites for preparation checklists
www.nokr.org/nok/restricted/home.htm (Next of Kin Registry)
Start with a baby step on preparedness this week!